SERIES: “The Book of Acts”

TEXT: Acts 2:14-41

MESSAGE: “Receiving Jesus”

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“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ” — John 3:3

“Conversion is the first exercise of the new nature in ceasing from old forms of life and starting a new life. It is the first action of the regenerate soul in moving from something to something.” — Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

TEXT: Acts 2:14-41

Q: What do we learn from the text about people who genuinely receive Jesus? 

Today we’ll identify three signs…(1. Knowing the real Jesus 2. Being cut to the heart 3. Responding to God’s gift)

         1. Knowing the real Jesus (v. 36)

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

        2. Being cut to the heart (v. 37)

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 

“Being a Christian involves leaving behind superficial religion for supernatural regeneration.” — David Platt

“It’s one thing to break God’s rules; it’s another thing to break His heart.” — Timothy Keller

“The waters closed in over me to take my life;

the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head 6  at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.” — Jonah 2:5-6

        3. Responding to God’s gift (v. 38)

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

“Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” – Colossians 2:12

 

TAKEAWAYS: 

Knowing Jesus

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” — Ezekiel 36:26

Sharing Jesus

Spreading Jesus

“While I was wallowing in self-pity, focused on myself, there was a whole world with literally billions of people who had no idea who God is, how amazing He is, and the wonders He has done for us. They are the ones who are really suffering. They don’t know His hope, His peace, and His love that transcends all understanding. They don’t know the message of the gospel. After loving us with the most humble life and the most horrific death, Jesus told us, “As I have loved you, go and love one another.” How could I consider myself a follower of Jesus if I was not willing to live as He lived? To die as He died? To love the unloved and give hope to the hopeless?”  Nabeel Qureshi, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” — John 21:15-19